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Without the Safety Net, Millions More Would Have Lived in Poverty in 2013

Posted by Julie Vogtman, Senior Counsel | Posted on: September 16, 2014 at 03:37 pm

I have good news and bad news. I’m the type who always wants to hear the bad news first, so here it is: newly released Census Bureau data show that more than 45 million Americans lived in poverty last year.

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Whose Poverty Rate Increased Last Year? Older Women's

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: September 16, 2014 at 03:30 pm

As we reported, today’s poverty numbers show no improvement in the poverty rate for women overall. Hispanic women saw their poverty rate decline; African

 American women did not.  We haven’t finished crunching all the numbers.  But we know that at least one group of women saw an increase in poverty: women 65 and older.

The poverty rate for women 65 and older increased to 11.6 percent in 2013 from 11.0 in 2012, a statistically significant change. The poverty rate for men 65 and older in 2013 was 6.8 percent, statistically unchanged from 2012.  More than two-thirds (68.1 percent) of the elderly poor are women.

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New Health Insurance Data: A Revealing Look at Coverage Before The ACA

Posted by Stephanie Glover, Health Policy Fellow | Posted on: September 16, 2014 at 01:45 pm

Today, the Census Bureau released new data about the number of Americans with health insurance. The Current Population Survey (CPS) offers a revealing look at Americans’ health coverage in 2013. The data does not yet reflect the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but provides a baseline to understand who had coverage and from where prior to full ACA implementation, setting us up for some interesting analysis next year.

In brief, too many women remained uninsured in 2013. Overall, 14 percent of women and girls lack health insurance coverage. For adult women 18 to 64 the proportion is even higher; 17 percent of women went without health insurance in 2013.

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How the Wage Gap Hurts Working Families & What Can Be Done to Close It

Posted by Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Fellow | Posted on: September 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Another year, another $10,876 lost. That’s how much a woman working full time, year round was typically underpaid compared to her male counterpart in 2013, according to NWLC analysis of new Census Bureau data.

Our analysis shows that women in full-time, year-round jobs make 78 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts—about the same as last year’s figure of 77 cents. The wage gap for women of color is even larger—with African American women making 64 cents and Latinas making 56 cents to their white, male, non-Latino counterparts’ dollar.

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Senate Movement on Paycheck Fairness is a Step in the Right Direction

Posted by Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Fellow | Posted on: September 16, 2014 at 11:57 am

Bad news, everybody. Yesterday, a measure to hold an up-or-down vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) fell just a few votes short in the Senate.

But there is a silver lining. Yesterday’s vote comes less than a week after the Senate, for the first time ever, voted—73 to 25—to debate the PFA. But by blocking an up-or-down vote on the measure, some members of the Senate sent the signal loud and clear that they are still not ready to get serious about equal pay.

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Hobby Lobby Made Me Want to Knit a Brick

Posted by Abigail Burman, Intern | Posted on: September 16, 2014 at 08:38 am

In the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision in June, the Court allowed certain for-profit corporations to get out of complying with the health care law’s birth control benefit, which requires insurance plans to cover birth control without any additional costs.  There were a lot of reactions to the decision’s stunning disregard for women’s health – including our own here at the National Women’s Law Center where we have continued to push for more attention and anger over the issue. Some people were shocked, some people were angry (the consequences of the decision have shown just how much there is to be angry about), and some people wanted to knit.

To protest the decision, the Secular Coalition for America (SCA) asked their supporters to knit bricks to rebuild the wall between church and state. If SCA received  400 bricks their staff would bring them  to the court, if SCA got 800 they would bring them to Congress, and if they got 1,200 they would take them to the White House. 

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The Story Behind the Numbers: The Wage Gap

Tomorrow, the Census Bureau will release new data on poverty, income, and health insurance in the U.S. in 2013. As we get ready to crunch numbers, we thought it would be helpful to take a deeper look at what these numbers tell us — and don’t tell us — about the wage gap.

The typical American woman who works full time, year round was still paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to her male counterpart in 2012. For women of color, the gaps are even larger. This blog post provides details about the wage gap measure that the Census Bureau and the National Women’s Law Center use, factors contributing to the wage gap, and how to shrink the gap.

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